For those of you living in caves, there were a few incidents in the city of Charlottesville yesterday:
Chaos and violence turned to tragedy Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members — planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to “take America back” — clashed with counterprotesters in the streets and a car plowed into crowds, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.
Hours later, two state police officers died when their helicopter crashed at the outskirts of town. Officials would not confirm their identities nor whether the crash was related to Saturday’s protests.
Angela Taylor, a spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Medical Center, said 19 others were brought to the hospital in the early afternoon after the car barreled through the pedestrian mall. Five were in critical condition as of Saturday evening. Another 14 people were hurt in street brawls, city officials said.
Charlottesville is the result of years of hostile policymaking from a government that is disconnected from the populace and is out of control. Warning signals have been flashing for years that a huge portion of the country is unhappy with the direction our leaders in Washington have been taking us. It started in 2005-2006 with the pushback to the Bush amnesty, and escalated into things like the Palin phenomenon, then the Tea Party rebellion, and finally Trump.
As this has happened, our ruling class has not accepted the feedback from the electoral defeats they’ve suffered and adjusted their policymaking as a result. Instead, they’ve begun debating the right of the voter to deliver feedback to them at all, and winking and nodding at attacks on voters who don’t follow the party line. In particular, the Obama administration did much to encourage violent black separatist movements like Black Lives Matter, and provoke riots in America’s crumbling cities.
The violence and chaos really escalated in 2016 as the ruling class winked and nodded as antifa, BLM, and other groups descended on peaceful Trump supporters like packs of savage wolves. The media, the government, and even several in our own party took obvious glee at these attacks while blaming Trump for “provoking” these attacks. The ruling class has generally refused to accept the election results, and instead seems to be planning to remove Trump from office using the Mueller investigation as a pretext while shutting down his legislative agenda and making it impossible for him to appoint effective cabinet officers.
What’s happening as a result of all this is the right is now growing disenchanted with the political process and behaving as good citizens when they see the other side free to riot and destroy and assault them as they please with little social or legal consequence. The right is now beginning to act as an “identity group” and demand protection and respect for its own people and its own cultural symbols, which is why Charlottesville morphed into a flash point.
The media, the left, and the GOP yesterday, rushed to blame Trump for the violence once again and smear Trump supporters as Nazis. This will only hasten the process of voter alienation. Many leftists on Twitter are now openly calling for violence against conservatives as a routine matter. The politicians have not followed suit… at least not yet.
I think in no more than five years we will have a major figure in the Democrat Party call for violence against conservatives in a public forum such as Congress or in the pages of a major national newspaper, particularly if a Democrat wins the elections in 2020.
To be honest, it feels like the country is coming apart in front of my eyes. I no longer really know what to do about it. Trump was our last chance to avert some kind of blowup, and I’m not sure he’s able or willing to stop it.